Post # 1
What do you guys do with your ring if you have to take it off? Put it on a necklace around your neck? Pocket? I find myself doing a lot of handwashing in hot-hot water, dishwashing etc at my job, handling foodstuffs, and I don’t like exposing my ring to all these things.
It’s diamonds and platinum which I’m told is pretty tough stuff, so do you think it would be ok if I just wore it? I obviously don’t *want* to take it off (…ever…) but I’m at a loss.
I don’t want to leave it at home in case I have to go somewhere right after work, and I just don’t like being without it period. My work pants don’t have good pockets, and it would be awful if the ring fell out when I was running around.
Any suggestions? What do you do?
Post # 3
I take it off any time I clean, do dishes, take a shower, work out. I always put my rings in the exact same spot so I don’t forget. I have a spot in my kitchen, a ring bowl in my bathroom and a pocket in my purse. I wouldn’t put it in my pocket as there is a change they could fall out and that would suck.
Post # 4
@pandabird: I would just wear it. Or maybe just wear the band to work If you’re already married.
Post # 5
It sounds like you cook/handle food for a living? If that’s the case, and you know you want to wear your ring to work, I would get a necklace and hang it from that when you need to handle food, wash dishes, etc. I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary but a lot of Bees do that so their stones don’t get oily residue on them and such. At home, when I cook or garden, I put my ring in a little pinch bowl right by the coffeemaker every time so i know where it is.
Also, regardless of what you choose, pick a method and only use that method – like, don’t just take your ring off and put it in a bowl if you normally put it on a necklace. You’re asking to lose it if you do that (I’ve read some stories on the Bee about such things!).
Good luck! Diamonds and platinum – lucky girl! 🙂
Post # 6
I don’t take mine off, because I know I would somehow lose it if I did.
Have you thought about carrying your ring box around with you, or some sort of jewelry pouch in case you do want to take it off when you’re out and about?
Post # 7
I think the necklace idea is a good one. Just make sure it is a very, very sturdy chain. You can always tuck it under your shirt. This is what I plan to do when the day comes, if I’m still working part-time in the food industry. 🙂
Post # 8
Keep a spare ring box in your pocketbook. Get it insured to protect from loss, theft, and some types of damage. You are absolutely correct to avoid all those things with your ring on. It is a common mistake to assume platinum is tough and can take a beating. True, it won’t bend or get dings, but it will however begin to turn over time (a lot of people don’t even notice though) This will happen anyway and when it begins to be noticeable you will want to have it professionally buffed and polished. The problem is the more times you have that done, the weaker the metal gets. If you are reasonably careful with the ring, this will not be a problem whatsoever, and it is highly possible you will go your entire life never noticing the subtle color change. It will however cause issues if you “beat-up” your ring.
Congrats…and get that ring added to your homeowners/renters insurance!
Post # 9
I have a really long locket on a ball chain that I wear tucked inside my shirt and tucked neatly into one side of my bra (near my heart… as it has my son’s photo in it to remember him by)… when I am away from home and need to take my rings off they go on that chain safely tucked into the bra…lol
Post # 10
@pandabird: Mine goes straight into my jewellery box in my bedroom. I also never remove my ring unless I am in my own home. That way we figure if I lose it then at least we will know for sure it is somewhere in our own apartment.
Post # 11
@pandabird: I have a platinum ering and I take it off before washing my hands or when I know it might get dirty. It’s the strongest metal option for jewelry, so that is not what I am worried about. I just don’t want it to get dirty. I would suggest to put it on a chain if you’re at work, since it seems like your pockets are unreliable. I would suggest a really good chain though. You don’t want it to break and loose your ring as well with that option. I usually put my ering on the same spot in the kitchen or the bathroom or the bedroom. So I know where to first look for it after I’ve put lotion on my hands, etc.
Post # 13
Just the thought of taking my rings off anywhere but at home and putting them in the only place I ever keep them at home would be very stressful to me. It bothers me to take them off elsewhere just to apply hand lotion, lol.
I never take my rings off to wash my hands, and I wash my hands many, many times a day. I often clean up the kitchen while wearing them, too. However, I definitely would not wear them while directly sticking my hands into food, such as while mixing ground meat for meatballs or making dumplings or something, so I definitely can see why you would need to remove them if you work with food.
My SDIL who used to work with food for her job, used to have to remove her ring while at work, and she would always put it in a pants’ pocket — until the day she arrived home and her ring was gone. Thankfully, someone at her place of employment found her ring on the sidewalk and turned it in to security.
Honestly, if I routinely had to take my ring off while at work, I probably would get a stand-in ring that I could take off as needed and put in my purse and not have to worry about it. I would then put the stand-in ring back on for anything I would want to do after work.
Post # 14
I put it in its box whenever I’m not wearing it. I also have a necklace with a clippy thing on it I can use, but I usually don’t.
If you need to prepare food or wash dishes regularly at work, why not get a good pair of gloves… to protect both your ring, and your hands?
Post # 15
I’d just wear it, but I wear mine for absolutely anything but sticky baking (bread) or when I’m all up in raw meat.
Post # 16
Thanks for the advice everyone!
I’m thinking I’ll go the necklace route. I’m a very craft-y person, so I’ll make one out of some very strong leather cord (that stuff will never break).
@joya_aspera: I actually do have gloves to handle the food, so it’s not like raw meat’s getting up in there, but I don’t like the hot water and I have absolutely no idea what’s in the “sanitizing baths” that the dishes are washed in…